US: Autodesk has previewed Autodesk Fusion 360, the world”s first comprehensive cloud-based 3D CAD offering, at its Autodesk University event. The service is expected to be generally available next year.
Autodesk Fusion 360 allows design and engineering professionals to more easily create 3D product designs and collaborate with others in the cloud. The cloud technology behind Autodesk Fusion 360 offers anytime, anywhere access, from virtually any mobile device or web browser and puts essential data at the centre of the design experience. It also supports an open design environment, allowing designers to readily incorporate and modify CAD data from virtually any source.
“Data is at the centre of the product design process, and the cloud frees that data to be accessible anywhere, anytime,” commented Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Autodesk Fusion 360 will give designers and engineers the first powerful, easy-to-use and complete cloud-based design solution.”
Speaking at the event, Jeff Kowalski, Autodesk CTO said, “We have a vision for what design is and what it could be. Our tools change the way we can think, and tools can also limit what we create.” Since design tools have limitations – meaning that one must be able to create beyond what tools can do, he suggested that design exists beyond tool capabilities, and that area is where he wanted the audience to situate their minds and thoughts. “What things would you think about and design, if the tools were available?” he asked.
Imagination, function, form and function all contribute the design process, and the theme of the opening day was oriented toward understand these inter-connections and how the overall foundation processes could be adapted toward greater productivity. The entire area of digital fabrication, as example, is now spanning toward individuals and well beyond professionals alone.
Meanwhile Christine Furstoss of GE company delivered an opening presentation entitled ‘The Third Industrial Revolution’ – alluding to the fact that simulation, design and fabrication in that company, and are gaining productivity benefits as traditional ways of operating change. More openness, more collaboration and more communication between participants in the design processes is the future.